Republican Chair Of House Environmental Committee Believes Opponents Of Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects ‘Just Need To Be Ignored And Politically Ran Over’
On March 28, the Republican Chair of the House Environmental Committee Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) said opponents of natural gas infrastructure projects “just need to be ignored and politically ran over.”
His remarks came as the Committee moved legislation to unleash Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry to produce and export more natural gas, including House Bill 2458 (White-R-Philadelphia) establishing a Philadelphia LNG Export Task Force to identify obstacles preventing the Port of Philadelphia from becoming an LNG export terminal and develop a plan on the issue within a year. Read more here.
The full text of his comments follows--
“I think I'd like to see action more than I'd like to see a study.
“I don't think it should take a lot of study to understand that when you have a city that has a port, that they should be an area that you look to put one of these types of facilities that are going to be needed to help Europe in the wake of Russia's attack on Ukraine and the commitment that Biden made to have more liquid natural gas provided to Europe in the future.
“I think this NIMBY attitude that occurs with pipelines going through New York or with facilities being located in Philadelphia, the not in my backyard people, I think they ought to be run over with policy changes by the federal government and state government that are in the best interest of the citizens of this nation and best interest of our national security.
“This is a national security issue, but NIMBYs should have no input on not allowing this in their backyard when it's a viable alternative just 'cause they don't want it there.
“If there's a port there and it can be utilized to export liquid natural gas, we should be using it, and we shouldn't allow delays to occur with environmental groups or not in my backyard types or anybody else.
“Policy should be pushed through that's going to protect this nation, and those that are standing in the way of it just need to be ignored and politically ran over.”
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) serves as Majority Chair of the House Environmental Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-783-1707 or sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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[Posted: March 28, 2022]
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